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December 13th, 2015

The Churches on My Travels, Historic Churches, The Church of The Cross, Bluffton, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday is a Day of Worship

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“Rooted in The Past, Sheltering the Present, Reaching out to the Future, Empowered by the God of the Ages.”  Visiting  my good friend, Anita, in Bluffton, South Carolina….discovering a new city in the South; Anita took me to this beautiful church.  Unfortunately, we could not get inside.  It is an Anglican Church.  It also 161 years old.  Since 1975 The Church of The Cross has been in The National Register of Historic Places.

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The location is beautiful, right on the May River.

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If you would like to read more about the church, please visit http://www.thechurchofthecross.net/history.

Magical Sundays I call them….There is something about this day of the week.  Some go to church, others put their feet up and read a book.  And most probably do nothing at all.  They say that 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as spiritual but not religious.  Spirituality is an emotion and soothes.  Visiting the churches on my travels bring me peace and it does not matter what denomination they are.  They have heard our prayers and our thanksgivings.

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One church I fell in love with last February was St. Michael’s Catholic Church located at 71 Broad St. in Historic Charleston.  It is a National Historic Landmark.  Pewes are made of native cedar and remain the same as they have always been.  I visited this church once again last week.  The chancel rail is made of wrought iron.  It dates to 1772.  George Washington worshipped at Governor’s Pew #43.

St. Michael’s Church is one of the few city churches in America that has retained its original design.  Last March I wrote a post on this church.  If you would like to see it just click on the month of March 2015 on AboutMyBeaches and scroll down to the 8th.

If you get a chance to visit the beautiful churches of Charleston, please do so because they are amazing.

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Have a Great Day!!

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December 12th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Christmas In Rehoboth Beach, Happy Holidays, Tax Free Shopping, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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So many visitors come to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, year round.  Rehoboth was incorporated in 1873 to create a Christian seaside resort.  The railroad was extended in 1878 to Rehoboth Beach, therefore, bringing more visitors and businesses to this seaside town.  In 1879 the town was renamed “The Rehoboth Beach Association”.  The population has grown over the years.  Plenty of summer visitors and part time residents increase the population significantly .

During Christmas I love grabbing something to eat in town with a friend….come to think of it I just did that with my friend, Jody.  Stopping at Dogfish Head on Rehoboth Avenue for one of my favorite salads….their pub salad topped with grilled salmon and a delicious dressing is not to be missed.  It looks good and it tasted even better.

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If you decided to visit Rehoboth Beach during the Holidays you will find the town looking more beautiful than ever.  Tiny lights cover the trees in town.  The Boardwalk is a mile long.  It was quiet when Jody and I were walking, no one around.

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The big iconic Dolle’s sign remind visitors that you are at the beach!!

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Santa’s House on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is the cutest Santa House on the coast.   There is no charge to visit with Santa but donations are appreciated. Please check http://www.beach-fun.com.

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The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 12/13, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Friday, 12/18, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 12/19, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Sunday, 12/20, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.  NOTE:  At 3 p.m. is Pet Time with Santa.

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Thursday, December 17th – CANVAS AND CORKS at Rehoboth Art League, located at 12 Dodds Lane. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  This is a class about art, fun, socialization and wine, or your beverage of choice.  The class will be creating a painting step-by-step with an instructor and all your supplies are included.  Instructor Gerilyn Gaskil will help you have a great time creating a great piece of art.  Must be 21 years of age.  For more info., please visit http://www.rehobothartleague.org.

Friday, December 18th and Saturday, December 19th – 2015 HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST FOR HOMES IN THE CITY OF REHOBOTH BEACH…2 categories:  Traditional and Truly Fabulous.  Turn your Holiday Lights on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.  No registration is required but you may email info@RBhomeowners.com to let them know you are participating.

Saturday, December 19th – A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT at Clear Space Theatre located at 20 Baltimore Avenue.  7:00 p.m.  Local favorites Matthew Kenworthy, John Flynn, The Family Jewells, and Alicia Dennis join forces to celebrate the Holiday Season with music.  A journey through traditional and not so traditional seasonal favorites and original musical skits will inspire belly laughing good times.  General Admission, Open Seating…All seats are $15.  More info?  Please visit http://www.clearspacetheatre.org.

Sunday, December 20th – A HOLIDAY PEACE CONCERT – at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Rd.  4 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and anyone under 18 is Free.  Tickets are available at Browseabout Books at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, and also at the Door. Rehoboth Concert Band is a community band of instrumentalists at all levels of play and all ages.  It performs concert band literature, including classical and contemporary music, marches, show tunes, and some novelty pieces.  Please visit http://www.rehobothconcertband.org.

Saturday, December 26th – THE FAREWELL PARTY – At MCC Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Rd. in Rehoboth Beach.  The film is presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society.  These monthly series present films and discussions about the various cultures in the world, including diversity in our own country. Admission is $4 for Members (current card must be presented) and $6 for future members.  This is a compassionate and surprisingly funny story about residents at a Jewish retirement home who help their terminally ill friend by constructing an euthanasia device…..more info?  Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com/film_events_monthly_screenings.html.

SHOPPING in Delaware is Tax Free!!  Participating Downtown Rehoboth Beach businesses are giving 10% off your purchases until December 24th.  For more info., please visit http://www.downtownrb.com.

TANGER OUTLETS….coupons and great deals…please visit http://www.tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth/coupons.

Have a Good One!!

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December 3rd, 2015

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, Holiday Happenings, Tree Lighting Ceremony, A Tradition Begins in The Quiet Resort, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Saturday, December 5th the Holiday Season will begin in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Known as The Quiet Resort, Bethany Beach does get a little quiet in the winter but plenty of the merchants are open during the week-ends.  Not wanting to stay behind other Delaware Beach resorts, Bethany puts a good show for the Holidays.

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On Saturday make plans to be there by 1 p.m. when free events will be happening:  Photos with Santa….he will be arriving at 1:15 p.m., Letters to Santa, Horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, face painting, hot cocoa and cookies and music!!

Help Bethany Beach start a new tradition when at 6 p.m. the Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Boardwalk by the Bandstand.

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Gather with friends and family and help light the “Tree of Warmth”, and sing along to a performance by the Lord Baltimore Children’s Choir.

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Everyone is encouranged to bring hats, gloves, scarves and canned goods as a donation to area charities.

Please have in mind that every Saturday in December prior to Christmas, there will be caroling arond the “Tree of Warmth” on the Bandstand to end the day.  Stores will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Please check the schedule of events for the Holiday Season in Bethany Beach at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com

Merry Christmas!!

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December 1st, 2015

Destination? Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, Christmas Market, Berlin, Germany, Festive, Open Air Wood Huts, Advent is here!!

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Christmas Markets go back to the late Middle Ages.  In Berlin, Germany, as I have stated in previous posts there are 60 markets.  During my visit I had the opportunity to visit 3 different markets.  Believe me they all celebrate the Advent Season; they are all slightly different. We arrived late afternoon to Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg.  I loved this market.  It is one of the biggest ones and the Palace of Charlottenburg is the backdrop for this market.  During the evening you can see the palace take different hues.

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It is located at Spandamer Damm 14059 Berlin.  It opens all day. For more info., please visit http://www.wvdsc.de.

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You may find this market on Facebook.  For other info. you may visit http://www.christmasmarkets.com.

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The open air wood huts are decorated with natural materials.  You will find mulled wine, marzipan, fresh baked goods, roasted chestnuts, local crafts, and this particular one had rides for the kids.

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Berlin is not ashamed of saying Merry Christmas….The Nativity Scene!!

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One of my favorite huts was the following….it got my attention the moment I saw the smoking salmon.

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And then my sandwich.  It was so good that you had to taste it to get the full experience.  If you get a chance to visit this market, this hut is to the right as you come into the market.

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These markets offer something for everyone.  So neat to see everyone enjoying themselves…celebrating the Season.  With all the turmoil in the world we certainly need, and deserve these festivities.

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